MSU Beats Indiana 63-60 for Sixth-Straight Win
Matt McQuaid led the Spartans with 12 points.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Junior guard Matt McQuaid scored 12 points off the bench, including a 3-pointer with 1:09 to play, as Michigan State's men's basketball team held on for a 63-60 win over Indiana at Assembly Hall on Saturday night.
Michigan State has won six-straight games and improves to 22-3 overall and 10-2 in the Big Ten Conference, while Indiana falls to 12-12 overall and 5-7 in league play.
Michigan State broke a 5-all tie with an 8-0 run early in the first half to take a 13-5 after a pair of 3-pointers from McQuaid with 14:14 to play in the half.
MSU's biggest lead of the half was 11 points, first on a jumper from sophomore guard Joshua Langford with 9:44 to play (18-7) and then on a jumper from sophomore guard Cassius Winston at 8:30 (20-9).
The Hoosiers went 9:14 without a field goal, but used an 11-4 run to pull within 23-20 on a layup from Freddie McSwain Jr. with 3:61 to play before the Spartans went into the break with a 32-24 lead after a 9-4 burst capped by a dunk from freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr.
The Spartans pushed the lead to 10 points after a layup from sophomore forward Nick Ward to start the second half and it was back to 10 points, 51-41, midway through the second half following 3-pointers from Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn Jr. and Langford.
MSU, however, hit only two field goals in the next 10 minutes as Indiana pulled to within one point, 58-57, on a free throw from Juwan Morgan.
After a pair of possession changes and a Spartans timeout, Winston found McQuaid on the left wing and he buried a 3-pointer to make it 61-57 with 1:09 to play.
Winston hit two free throws with nine seconds left to make it 63-57, but IU's Devonte Green hit a layup and free to make it 63-60 with three seconds left ... After Winston missed a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left, a last-second attempt by IU was off the mark.
Junior guard Matt McQuaid scored 12 points off the bench to lead the Spartans, while sophomore guard Joshua Langford added 10 points and freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and seven blocked shots.
MSU received 20 points from its bench, including the 12 from McQuaid.
Indiana held a 53-29 advantage on the glass, including a 25-3 edge in offense rebounds.
MSU connected on 50.0 percent of its 3-point attempts (9-of-18).
Michigan State blocked 13 shots, the eighth time this season with at least 10 rejections and tied for the second-most in a game this season (Rutgers, 12/5).
The 13 blocked shots are tied for the second-most in a single game in school history ... It ties the single-game record against a Big Ten opponent, set earlier this year at Rutgers (12/5).
Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. blocked seven shots, one shot off his career-high ... His seven rejections ranks No. 2 for a single game at MSU.
Jackson scored in double figures for the 20th time this season.
Langford's 10 points marked his third-straight game in double figures and the 16th of the season.
McQuaid scored in double figures for the fifth time this season and it was the eighth game he's had with at least two 3-pointers.
The Spartans were out-rebounded for only the third time this season ... The 53 rebounds collected by Indiana were the most by an opponent this season.
MSU shot a season-low 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from the free throw line.
Michigan State remains on the road, playing at Iowa (12-13, 3-9 Big Ten) on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Tipoff in Iowa City, Iowa is slated for 9 p.m. (ET).